Show a little heart during MUNdays
by Jeff Green
More than 25 individual events crammed into five days and countless ways to celebrate Memorial.
That’s how organizers are hyping this month’s fall celebrations, slated for Oct. 23-27.
I Love MUNdays take over the St. John’s campus, while I Fell for Grenfell rolls out in Corner Brook (see related story here).
And, with less than two weeks to go before the curtain rises on the launch, organizers want to get as many students, staff and faculty members, and pensioners into the thick of celebrations this year.
They’re putting final touches on a medley of activities. There’s the Parade of Flags through the St. John’s campus; a Health Circus, where participants will try everything from belly dancing to juggling; and a basketball challenge between the Women’s Sea-Hawks team and local celebrities and that’s just Day One.
The aim of both I Love MUNdays and I Fell for Grenfell is to encourage the university community to celebrate the diversity, ingenuity, excellence, kindness and community spirit that make Memorial shine above the rest.
“I Love MUNdays is a very special program designed especially for all members of the Memorial community to celebrate how fantastic our university is,” said Jessica Clarke, MUNdays co-ordinator of the St. John’s campus program. “We have compiled an impressive basket of huge prizes that will be won or given out throughout the week of events. I encourage everyone to get involved in MUNdays.”
Other events planned for I Love MUNdays include the Rant Like Rick finals where one lucky student will walk away with $1,000 for the best rant.
Earlier this month, auditions were held on the St. John’s campus and at Grenfell College in Corner Brook for the contest. A group of finalists including a student from Grenfell will take part in a special event on Oct. 24 in what organizers are calling a “Rantastic death match….American Idol style.” The top three winners will be awarded $1,000, $750, and $500, respectively.
An International Bazaar and the 26th annual Alumni Tribute Awards are set for Oct. 25.
Meanwhile, members of the university community can roll up their sleeves and do something nice for others during Kindness Friday, set for Oct. 26.
Units and departments are being encouraged to register what they are doing online at www.mun.ca/mundays/kindness/kindnessreg.php to inspire others.
Students and staff will plant some seedlings and clean up local beaches in the Community Service Learning event on Oct. 27, while that afternoon others will haul a hulking piece of machinery at the fifth annual Barnes House Charity Truck Pull. The celebrations wrap up with a special closing ceremony later that day.
Registration is required for some events. Visit www.mun.ca/mundays to figure out for which activites.
“This is not just one more week of one more year at the university this is MUNdays!” said Ms. Clarke. “So take just one minute of one day of the week to check out our schedule. Learn more about all of our events and I know there will be something there especially for you. Show us you are a part of our community and that you love MUNdays too!”
To learn more about MUNdays and how to get involved, be sure to visit www.mun.ca/mundays.